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Eagle Valley claims cross-county rivalry

Eagle Valley's Riley Rowles finds a whole in the middle of the field while bringing a long kick return back through the Battle Mountain Huskies defense during their game Thursday night in Gypsum.
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Score by Quarters

Battle Mountain 6 7 0 0 - 13

Eagle Valley 12 16 7 0 - 35

First Quarter

EV (6:30) R. Rowles 3 yard run. Kick failed. 6-0

EV (5:34) C. Aguilar 11 yard run. PAT failed. 12-0

BM (2:37) N. Shamis 10 yard fumble recovery. Kick failed. 12-6

Second Quarter

EV (9:34) H. Stevens 1 yard run. Stevens 2 point conversion. 20-6

BM (6:39) O. Riley. 16 yard pass from Parrish. C. Keep PAT. 20-13

EV (6:20) R. Rowles 24 yard run. B. Ortiz 2 point conversion. 28-13

Third Quarter

EV (4:56) B. Ortiz 12 yard run. X. Mendoza kick. 35-13

GYPSUM — Eagle Valley turned in a vintage performance — a little passing, a lot of running and not many mistakes as the Devils rolled to a 35-13 win over Battle Mountain.

And yet …

Battle Mountain won the opening toss, but that’s not all it won.

The Huskies comported themselves admirably, stringing together a couple of long drives and strengthening their defense.

But in the end, there was too much Eagle Valley. The Devils run a four-pack of running backs — Riley Rowles, Buck Ortiz, Cristian Aguilar and Luis Chavez — and they all rolled.

After the Huskies opened with a three-and-out, Eagle Valley went to work at its own 46. Aguilar was good for five yards on their first play, Chavez for two, Rowles for five more and a first down, then Ortiz for 20 more. Rowles punched it in from three yards out for the touchdown.

Eagle Valley’s Chavez picked up a Battle Mountain fumble on second down and put the Devils back in business at the Huskies’ 11. Quarterback Harrison Stevens handed it right back to Chavez who slipped through the Huskies defense and a 12-0 lead.

On third-and-16, Huskies quarterback Demetrius Parrish found Noah Shamis for 17 yards and a first down. From there it was three-and-out and a massive punt pinned Eagle Valley at its own 10.

Battle Mountain’s Shamis dove on a Devils fumble in the end zone for the first Huskies touchdown against Eagle Valley since week 10 of 2011, a game the Huskies won 54-0. Shamis’ touchdown made it 12-6.

But the Devils got rolling quickly. Eagle Valley’s Ortiz was good for 22 yards, Rowles for six and Chavez for five more and Eagle Valley was threatening again from Battle Mountain’s 22.

Stevens completed a 5-yard pass, Rowles was good for six, then eight more, for second-and-goal from the 3-yard line.

Stevens kept it on a fourth-and-goal from the 1, then kept it again for the two point conversion and a 20-6 Eagle Valley lead.

A screen pass was tipped and offensive lineman Ryder Olle snatched it for eight yards, but three straight penalties pushed the Huskies back to the Eagle Valley 16.

Parrish scrambled to his right and launched a fade pass to the back right corner of the end zone and Owen Riley ran under it for a spectacular catch. Chase Keep’s point after made it 20-13.

But momentum is fickle. Eagle Valley’s Aguilar returned the kickoff 61 yards and Rowles powered in from 24 yards away. Ortiz added the two point conversion for a 28-13 lead.

With 38 seconds left in the first half, Eagle Valley’s Stevens scrambled for 52 yards on a broken play, Rowles ran for 10, but Battle Mountain’s Wyndham Miller robbed the Devils of a touchdown when Bryce Muehlenthaler beat the Huskies secondary and was alone for what looked like a touchdown. Miller dove backward to break up the play.

Late in the fourth quarter Eagle Valley’s Mike Ramunno returned the favor when Parrish’s deep pass appeared headed for a touchdown, but Ramunno closed from his safety position to break it up.

Eagle Valley picked up a third quarter touchdown when Ortiz followed a couple strong runs by Rowles for a touchdown and a 35-13 lead, and that’s how it ended.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.


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